Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4
In a review of last week’s article, we saw Jerrick McKinnon, Mike Davis, Myles Gaskin, and Darrell Henderson all pay off if you added them. Justin Herbert threw for another 300 yards and looks to be the starter moving forward. Allen Lazard absolutely blew up with a 6-146-1 line and Mo Alie-Cox has officially passed Jack Doyle as TE1 in Indianapolis…finally! All these guys are recommended adds if still available. So let’s get on to some new faces.
Quarterback 0.9% rostered
The man, the myth, the legend. Nick Foles entered the game in the fourth quarter down by a ton to the Falcons and proceeded to toss three touchdowns in one quarter in a dramatic comeback in true Foles fashion. That earned him the starting gig, as Matt Nagy officially named him the starter moving forward. His next two opponents are negative matchups so temper short-term expectations, but if you are having quarterback struggles, Foles could be a nice addition. He has some nice weapons in Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney and Jimmy Graham, and the Bears should be throwing a decent amount moving forward. If he is somehow available in shallower Superflex leagues, he is worth arguably the rest of your FAAB this week.
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Running back 14.5% rostered
Wilson was included briefly in my article last week and due to a McKinnon injury, delivered with 69 total yards and two touchdowns. Depending on how severe the McKinnon injury is and Mostert’s recovery, Wilson could be looking at a full workload next week with only JaMycal Hasty healthy to challenge him for touches. Wilson will be a short term add, so if you are pretty set and don’t have any running back byes coming up anytime soon, I would probably save the waiver placement or FAAB and let someone else grab him as he should be relegated to backup duties once Mostert returns. But if you’re desperate for a win and in need of a running back/flex, Wilson will be a solid play next week if both McKinnon and Mostert are ruled out.
Running Back 9.8% rostered
Hopefully, Chris Carson doesn’t end up missing significant time after a dirty play by Cowboys defensive lineman Tristen Hill, took him out of the game. Early reports indicate that it is just a mild knee sprain, but keep an eye on his status leading up to Tuesday night. If it comes out that Carson will miss a few games (maybe the new 3 weeks IR comes into play) Hyde will immediately step into a featured back role with the Seahawks. Hyde is coming off a 1,000-yard season with the Texans last year and would immediately see 15+ touches weekly, making him a low-end RB2. Deep leaguers can keep an eye on Travis Homer if their wire is thin, as he actually outgained Hyde this week on two fewer touches.
Running Back 15.9% rostered
I know, I know…Sony Michel rushed for 117 yards and Rex Burkhead got into the endzone twice this week so Harris is probably the forgotten man right about now. Perfect. Harris has deemed the favorite to start early on before a pinky injury landed him on IR. He has an early-round pedigree to go along with a well-rounded skill set, perfect for everything Bill Belichick looks for in a running back. With the games Michel and Burkhead had this week, Harris makes for the perfect consolation prize for after waivers run. If you are in a deeper league, will be worth bidding on but if you’re in a smaller league, he will most likely clear waivers and you can take a free shot on him just in case he steps into a significant role sooner rather than later. Burkhead and Michel are both worth rostering at this point as well, but the return of Harris and White will only further complicate this backfield as a whole. White will step into his usual pass-catching role, relegating Burkhead back to a mere bench stash but it will be down to Harris and Michel to see who carries the mail on early downs. My money is on Harris taking over that job sooner rather than later.
Wide Receiver 33.5% rostered
Jefferson showed us this week why he was my number five overall ranked rookie this year, posting an insane 7-175-1 line, out-performing Adam Thielen for the second week in a row. While Thielen is still the alpha right now in my opinion, one or two more games like this could shift it in Jefferson’s favor rather quickly. Cousins peppered him with nine targets, four more than Thielen and it is clear that he trusts his young rookie receiver. Jefferson is coming off a 111-1,540-18 season with LSU against stiff college competition, so his early NFL success shouldn’t come as a surprise. He is worth the add, especially with how injuries are continuing to go in the NFL this year.
Wide Receiver 7% rostered
Apparently, it is the week of the rookie receiver. Drowned out in Jefferson’s shadow, is Bengals rookie Tee Higgins who was on the receiving end of both Joe Burrow’s touchdowns. John Ross was a healthy inactive and Mike Thomas/Auden Tate were nowhere to be found. Higgin’s has already established himself as the Bengals WR3 and is destined to be their number two, if not number one receiver by 2021. AJ Green has surpassed 50 yards only once this year and is showing a concerning lack of chemistry with Burrow. Whereas Boyd looks like Burrows clear number one, Higgins may be on his way to becoming his number two. Green’s lengthy injury history, possibility of being traded, and just downright lackluster play are all good signs for Higgins moving forward. Burrow is averaging 47 attempts a game, so the opportunity will be there all season long, even if Green and Boyd stay above him in the pecking order. He showed a knack for the end-zone this week and looks like a nice WR4 with upside for more if he passes one of his above-mentioned teammates.
Greg Ward Jr.
Wide Receiver 0.3% rostered
The former Quarterback is back at it again. Jalen Reagor, Alshon Jeffery, Desean Jackson, and Dallas Goedert are all out injured, which left the door open for Ward to soak up 11 of Carson Wentz’s targets for eight catches 72 yards, and a touchdown. John Hightower and JJ Arcega-Whiteside just aren’t ready to be NFL receivers right now, so Ward looks like the Eagles number one receiver once again. Ward showed impressive chemistry down the stretch last season with Wentz and he will have to be counted on again until some of these guys get healthy. Speaking of which, Alshon Jeffery returned to practice in a limited fashion and looks poised for a return in the next two weeks. I picked him up as a pro-active pickup in a few leagues for when he returns. He is especially needed with reports saying Goedert will miss a few weeks. Jeffery will immediately step in as their best red-zone option, while Ward will soak up a good amount of Goedert’s vacated snaps in the middle of the field. With the Eagles looking well…not so good, Carson Wentz should continue his streak of at least 42 attempts for the foreseeable future, giving Ward plenty of opportunity to perform as a low-end WR3 in deeper PPR leagues.
Tight End 13.3% rostered
Jimmy Graham and his days of fantasy relevance seemed to be long gone. That was up until Nick Foles entered the game in the fourth quarter. Seven of Graham’s ten targets came in the fourth quarter after Foles entered the game, including one of his two touchdowns. With Foles being named the starter moving forward, I can see Graham returning TE2 fantasy stats, as he tries to do his best Zach Ertz impersonation for Nick Foles.
- Tarik Cohen is out for the year with a torn ACL. While the Bears may sign someone in free agency, Cordarrelle Patterson is the favorite in-house option to replace Cohen’s pass-catching role. The former receiver has received 15 carries throughout the first three games and should see that number rise, along with an increase in receiving stats and is worth looking at in deeper leagues. Ryan Nall is a dark-horse name to remember for my super deep leaguers.
- Brian Hill should be a familiar name to experienced dynasty players, but his game Sunday has your casual fantasy player’s interest piqued. Hill rushed nine times for 58 yards including a beautiful 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and added 22 yards receiving on one catch. Gurley looks like a shell of himself but should have most of the work locked down unless he gets injured. But at least we learned two things about Hill, its that he is the clear handcuff to Gurley and that he should have earned himself a little more weekly work after Sunday’s performance. If you have the bench to spare, Hill is worth the stash.
- Anthony McFarland Jr. was a favorite in the dynasty community early on, only to see Benny Snell look like the backup to Conner. Well this week, it was McFarland’s turn as he looked pretty explosive. If your the Conner owner and missed out on Snell, McFarland could be nice insurance just in case he goes down and gets the opportunity over Conner.
- First, it was Parris Campbell and now it is Michael Pittman Jr. Both guys are now out for the foreseeable future with injuries, making Zach Pascal relevant once again. Whenever he has had an opportunity, he’s posted pretty respectable numbers as a borderline flex option. In six games last year, he had either 70 yards or a touchdown, reaching both in three of those games
- A few injuries to receivers have opened up opportunities for guys like Hunter Renfrow, Scotty Miller, Tim Patrick, Gabriel Davis, Andy Isabella and James Washington/Chase Claypool. Worth doing your research on these guys if you’re in a deeper league.
- I told everybody to not sleep on Dontrelle Inman when he signed with Washington and no one took me seriously. Well he just caught two touchdowns this week and is the clear number two receiver for the Redskins. Isaiah Wright is a name for dynasty players to take notice of. He saw six targets this week and with a receiving corps as bad as the Redskins, an opportunity is ripe for the picking.